Possible Love Triangle Behind 2 Shootings

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, May 15, 2014  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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Police sources are referring to two shootings overnight of a man and a woman as a possible

NBC10.com - Christine Maddela

Police sources are referring to two shootings overnight of a man and a woman as a possible "love triangle." NBC10's Christine Maddela reports.

Philadelphia Police sources say jealousy possibly drove a man to shoot the woman he was in a relationship with and her new lover.

Just before midnight, officers arrived to the 5700 block of Walton Avenue in Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood.

They found a 34-year-old man shot in the face inside his own home. Despite the wounds, the man was able to speak, telling investigators that he heard a knock at his door.

“When he opened the storm door a male shot through the screen,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police took the man to the hospital in stable condition.

As police investigated the Walton Avenue scene, a second shooting was reported several blocks north on the 5800 block of Delancy Street.

“On that location a 41-year-old female was shot multiple times – she was shot in the face, the neck and the chest,” said Small.

Medics rushed the woman, who was shot in the basement of her home, to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition.

Small said investigators believe the shootings could be related and that ballistic evidence from each crime scene appeared to match.

“Preliminary information indicates to us that (the shootings) may be related and that it may be domestic in nature.”

Small said it’s possible the alleged shooter resides in the home with the female victim. He also said early indications are that both victims knew each other.

Police sources told NBC10’s Christine Maddela said that it looks like the gunman was in a relationship with the woman and found out she was cheating on him, so he shot the woman and her new lover.

Sources told Maddela that after the two shootings, a man turned himself into police.

Police spoke to that man as well as the victims and witnesses as they tried to piece together exactly what happened.

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